[RFC] mount can figure out fstype automatically
sam at errno.com
Sat Jul 8 16:05:53 UTC 2006
Craig Rodrigues wrote:
> One of the pet peeves I have with FreeBSD is that
> if I have a device with a local filesystem that I want to mount,
> I need to explicitly know what type of filesystem is on the
> device in order to mount it from the command-line.
> For example,
> mount -t cd9660
> mount -t udf
> mount -t ext2fs
> mount -t msdosfs
> Where this is particularly annoying is if I have multiple
> USB thumb drives with different filesystems on them.
> What I usually end up doing is something like:
> file - < /dev/ad0s4
> to figure out the filesystem type, and then mount -t [whatever] to mount it.
> What I would like to do is:
> mount /dev/ad0s4 /mnt
> and if I do not specify a filesystem type with -t, the mount
> program should "magically" figure out how to mount the disk.
> This is closer to how the mount program behaves on Linux for example.
> I've come up with a patch that does this, by interpreting
> an fstype of "" as:
> - starting with "ufs", iterate over all the local filesystem types
> that we know about, and try to mount the device
Linux has -t auto; haven't looked at how it works.
It appears you just try a series of fs types; can't you read the device
to infer the filesystem?
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